Helping Young People Through the Struggle
Helping children or adolescents struggling with psychiatric issues, substance use or other behavioral health problems can be the most heart-wrenching and confusing time a parent will ever face. But there is hope. At SUN, our experienced and encouraging team will identify your child’s needs and provide effective treatment options to set your family on a path to healing.
A Path to Recovery
A staggering 20 percent of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, and 50 percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. As one of the country’s most comprehensive behavioral health organizations, SUN works to make life better and create positive outcomes for families dealing with child and adolescent mental health issues. Our psychiatrists, master’s level therapists and nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help uncover complex emotional issues and offer the best care in the least restrictive way possible.
SUN’s Child and Adolescent Programs are designed to support the unique needs of children (ages 6-12) and adolescents (ages 13-17) experiencing psychiatric crises and mental health disorders. When your young person is struggling, we encourage parents and loved ones to look out for the following warning signs.
- Feeling sad, depressed or withdrawn for more than two weeks (e.g. crying regularly, feeling fatigued and unmotivated)
- Thoughts or actions of self-harm
- Increased impulsivity and risk-taking behavior
- Sudden overwhelming fear or panic attacks, often with a racing heart, physical discomfort or rapid breathing
- Lack of appetite, nausea/vomiting or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or gain
- Severe mood swings or persistent worrying that cause problems in relationships
- Drastic changes in behavior or personality (e.g. prolonged bed-wetting, poor impulse control)
- Problems concentrating or staying still that can lead to difficulties at school or an unwillingness to attend school altogether
- Decreased ability (or inability) to function and complete activities of daily living
Our Adolescent Therapy Includes Two Service Levels:
Inpatient Program for Children and Adolescents
In some situations, especially when children or teens are a danger to themselves or others, they may benefit from the comprehensive support and structure of inpatient care. During this period, they will receive the attention and treatment necessary to get back on a path of wellness.
- Patients receive medical and clinical assessments
- Group and individual sessions focus on current issues, cognitive therapy, and healing and moving forward
- A treatment plan and team consisting of psychiatric and medical specialists and therapists
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Adolescents
For the individual who may be stepping down from hospitalization but still requires the support and structure IOP provides (or who may need more intensive treatment than that offered by traditional outpatient care).
- Patients attend three groups per day, three days a week
- Sessions include cognitive therapy
Treatment involves resolving the symptoms leading to hospitalization, crisis planning and engaging the family in the appropriate continuing care needs. Communication and treatment interventions are geared toward the developmental stage of each child. We use a safety system to teach the children to develop an internal sense of safety and control. SUN’s comprehensive treatment features include:
- Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners
- Compassionate around-the-clock nursing care
- Safety empowerment system to develop
- Internal Control
- Play therapy and mindfulness
- Academic enrichment
- Family therapy and parent/child
- Interactive Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children
- Emotional Regulation Training (ERT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Family-Centered Safety Planning
- Motivational interviewing
- Collaboration with outpatient providers
- Aftercare planning for continued recovery